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Open Data is Transforming Democracy in Africa but it Faces Challenges

Kenya is at the forefront of the open data movement in Africa thanks to initiatives such as crowdsourcing software Ushahidi and government tracker Uchaguzi.<p>At the recent The Next Web Conference Europe held in Amsterdam, Marina Gorbis, Executive Director of the Palo Alto based Institute For The …

Why Facebook isn’t the right company to create a Google Reader replacement

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Google(s goog) Reader is meeting its end in just a few weeks, and there’s no doubt it’ll be traumatic for users of the …

NSA-proof encryption exists. Why doesn’t anyone use it?

Computer programmers believe they know how to build cryptographic systems that are impossible for anyone, even the U.S. government, to crack. So why can the NSA read your e-mail?<p>Last week, leaks revealed that the Web sites most people use every day are sharing users' private information with the …

The NSA has us snared in its trap – and there's no way out

Watching William Hague doing his avuncular routine in the Commons on Monday, I was reminded of the way establishment figures in the 1950s used to …